Fr. O’Reilly extends a warm invitation to our 2nd class tomorrow night (Thursday 9th April) to join in their ‘Do this in Memory’ mass that is scheduled to take place on Holy Thursday at 7pm.
While in accordance with restrictions, the children and their families cannot be there in person, we ask all families and our 2nd class children to join us online for this special celebration. Fr. O’Reilly is looking forward to greeting the children remotely as they continue on their preparation towards their special day.
We thank Fr. O’Reilly for his proactive approach that allows us to continue our spiritual journey in unprecedented times.
Please share the word with those in the community who may not be online or on social media. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!”- Helen Keller
A webcam has been installed into the Church in Piercestown. This will facilitate those members of our community who wish to attend mass from the safety of their homes. We thank Fr. O’ Reilly for his proactive approach and are happy to share this on behalf of the community and those who may wish to avail.
Easter holidays have finally arrived, in the strangest way any of us have ever experienced. We feel that since we closed our doors on March 12th, so much has happened. This will be the same for everyone, but everyone’s experience will be very different. While a lot of people will be looking forward to the well-needed break from ‘home-schooling’, some people might like a few activites to keep them busy over the holidays.
We have compiled just a short list of links and a selection of activities should you need them.
This website is also excellent in terms of reminding your children what ‘superheroes’ they are at this time.
We, at Piercestown N.S. are SO PROUD of you all staying at home and keeping everyone safe! We know, this is not easy to do, and often we are missing our friends and extended family. So your children might enjoy this short video clip, to remind them how SUPER they are.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line 24 holes of a mini muffin tray with paper cases. Put the butter, dark chocolate and sugar in a pan and heat it very gently, stirring all the time until the butter and chocolate have melted. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for a few mins.
Meanwhile, sift the flour, cocoa and a good pinch of salt into a large bowl. Stir in the warm, melted chocolate mixture and the beaten eggs, then add half the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
Divide the mixture between the cases and place a mini egg into the middle of each muffin, pushing down gently. Bake for 12-15 mins until cooked but still gooey in the centre – they will continue cooking a little as they cool down. Leave to cool for 10 mins in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the rest of the chocolate chips in short bursts in the microwave, or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring frequently. Leave to cool until it is quite thick, then dot a small amount on each cake and stick on some more mini eggs.
The BEST part – eat, eat, eat! Enjoy!!!!!!
With just 15 minutes preparation time and 15 minutes baking time, these will be WELL worth the effort. Why not get your parents to take some photos of your ‘getting your bake on’ and email them into firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share them with your friends!
Sticking with the theme of Easter, our links direct us to some Easter art and all you need is a pencil and paper:
Happy Easter everyone – we wish you all a fabulous Easter break! Dont forget to get outside in your garden for an Easter egg hunt!
We hope to see you all soon,
Best wishes, Ms Walsh and ALL the staff at Piercestown N.S.
p.s. One final blog will go up by the end of today with a selection of activites and links if anyone needs ideas over the holidays! But remember, you have ALL (parents especially!) been working extremely hard in these unprecedented times, so take a good break, it will be back to the daily routine of ‘school work’ before we know it!
As today is ‘World Autism Day’ and April is ‘Autism Awareness’ month, our activities and links today tie in with this topic. We, at Piercestown N.S. are particularly proud of all of our school community this year, since we opened our newest class in September 2019. Our children have worked hard to promote and create the most wonderful inclusive environment, which is learning that goes far beyond the cover of any text book. So for today:
Practice some lámh at home with your family. Say hello, show them home, say thank you.
If you didnt get to tune into the RTE Classroom Hub yesterday, it is well worth a watch. Yesterday, involved map work for the younger children, 2-D, 3 -D shapes and symmetry for the middle end of the school and beautifully spoken Gaeilge for the senior end, all topped off with a bit of Science!
If you missed yesterday why not log into the RTE player to catch up and to access some of the materials or upload some work click into this link: https://www.rte.ie/learn/
Other celebrities are offering free ‘learning’ during these unprecedented times and some of these may be of interest to members of your family over the coming weeks:
Our activity for today, takes inspiration from the Maths class on RTE yesterday.
Maths all around me at home . Find some 3D shapes in your home.
Senior Activity – we stick with the topic of Maths and this time send the senior end of the school on a ‘Scavenger Weight Hunt’
This works like so:
Maths Games- Weight
In your kitchen, look for as many ingredients that you can find that have grams (g) or kilograms (kg) and take them out of the press- (take a picture with yourself and the ingredients as proofJ)
Order them from lightest to heaviest
On the worksheet provided rename 5-6 items, for example if a bag of flour is 2kg you will rename it to 2000g or if something is 250g you will rename it to 0.250kg
Add up all your items what is the total weight?
What is the average weight of the ingredients you found in the kitchen?
Multiply the heaviest item by the lightest item.
Divide the lightest item into the heaviest item
Our links for today are light hearted and get us moving